Hey everyone! So, as I started working on my most recent project sheet layout (see previous post) for Bella Blvd, I got to thinking about how many of these project sheet layouts I've made. I've been with Bella for over four years now, and started doing these layouts shortly after starting the job. One a month, for the last four years as of this last one. That's 48 layouts for 48 project sheets.
It's not necessarily common knowledge, but I'm usually given a challenge for each of these layouts, along with being asked to focus on a particular collection or embellishment. I usually mention the challenge when I blog about the layout here on my personal blog. But it's not like most people would know that I had something I kept in mind when creating the pages.
You'll definitely find some of the same photos used on different layouts. This happens. Especially with holiday type collections, as my girls are older now. Take Halloween, for example. I haven't taken Halloween photos in about five to six years. My girls are also "film babies", so their younger years are all on film and not easily accessible. So I do tend to pull the same photos out a lot, as I don't have a lot to choose from. Or I borrow photos from a few friends of mine to fit what I need. I counted and eleven of these 48 layouts have photos from my friends.
I'll be honest here. Another thing that I run into is that sometimes I'm scrapping photos/stories/events that I've already scrapped. These memories are already documented and "in the books" so to speak. I think that happens a lot in the industry, whether it's something like creating these project sheet layouts, or when it come to magazine work. Every once in a while, I might actually like the new layout more than the one I created originally. But a lot of the time, these "duplicate" layouts end up in a random pile somewhere, and they may never make it into the albums. A few of these layouts have actually been taken apart, the good embellishments saved, and then the rest was tossed. I know some might cringe reading that, but it happens.
And then there are the layouts that actually do mean something to me. The ones that are documenting something for the first time, whether it's the photos or the story. There are definitely layouts within this group of 48 that I'm not fond of, but there are also quite a few that I really do love and that are permanently in the albums. And I'll leave it up to you if you'd like to try and figure out which ones are which ;)